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“FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM” LAUNCHES IMAX POSTER

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Warner Bros. Pictures has just launched the IMAX poster for its new fantasy adventure “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The film opens in IMAX theaters and regular cinemas across the Philippines on Thursday, Nov. 17th.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” takes us to a new era in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away.

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne stars in the central role of Magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.

There are growing dangers in the wizarding world of 1926 New York. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding community to the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction of No-Majs (American for Muggles) bent on eradicating them. And the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking havoc in Europe, has slipped away…and is now nowhere to be found.

Unaware of the rising…

VISUALLY SPECTACULAR DRAMA BASED ON AWARD-WINNING NOVEL “A MONSTER CALLS”

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Renowned actors Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell and talented young actor Lewis MacDougall star in the entrancing drama “A Monster Calls” based on the novel by Patrick Ness of the same title.

Directed by acclaimed and award-winning J.A. Bayona, best known for his nightmare-inducing “The Orphanage” and the catastrophic “The Impossible,” his latest movie “A Monster Calls” is a deeply-felt coming-of-age story of a young boy who must come to terms with her mother’s impending death.

“A Monster Calls’” screenplay adaptation is by the book’s author, Patrick Ness. Mr. Ness wrote the novel from an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd. The story had originated with Dowd but she succumbed to cancer soon after starting it. Ness reflects, “Siobhan wrote magnificent books, ones that teenagers deeply responded to; A Monster Calls was to have been her fifth. She had an opening; 1,000 words; an idea for a structure; and a few characters.”

SCI-FI THRILLER “ARRIVAL” BASED ON ACCLAIMED SHORT STORY

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In Columbia Pictures' provocative science-fiction thriller Arrival, a mysterious spacecraft touches down across the globe, and an elite team - lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) - are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. Also starring Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.

“I've dreamed of doing science fiction since I was ten years old,” explains director Denis Villeneuve, who fell deeply in love with the short story Arrival is based upon, Ted Chiang’s ‘Story of Your Life.’ “It’s a genre that I feel has a lot of power and the tools to explore our reality in a very dynamic way.”

“After producers Dan Levine and Dan Cohen first contacted me about doing a movie,” says Chiang, “they sent me a DVD of Denis' film, Incendies (2010), to give me an idea of what they had in mind. That…

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE’S TRUE COLORS REVEALED IN “TROLLS”

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Multi-talented actor and musician, Justin Timberlake who has won nine Grammys and numerous other awards leads an impressive voice cast and serves as executive music producer in the movie for all ages – “Trolls.”

Timberlake is in charge of the upbeat music of “Trolls” and has combined classics from Earth Wind & Fire, Simon & Garfunkel, Gorillaz and Cyndi Lauper, with original songs he wrote for the film, including the number one hit song ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling!’. Also starring in the film are Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Gwen Stefani, Zooey Deschanel and Russell Brand.

“Trolls” can be enjoyed by youngsters as a unique world rich with unforgettable characters, music, humor, adventure and color; as well as by adults, for whom the film’s overarching theme of the search for happiness will resonate long after the end credits have rolled.

Indeed, the Trolls’ all-singing, all-dancing, all-hugging world is all about happiness, which infuse…

“ALLIED” POSTER HAS PITT, COTILLARD UP IN ARMS

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Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard are dressed to kill in the international poster of Paramount Pictures' Allied, the World War II romantic thriller from Oscar-winning director, Robert Zemeckis.

Check out the poster below and watch the film when it opens nationwide on November 23.

Written by Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises,” “Locke”), the film stars Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Lizzy Kaplan and Matthew Goode.

“Allied” is the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.

“Allied” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. (PR)

“MOANA” ANSWERS CALL OF THE OCEAN IN HIGH-SEAS ADVENTURE

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From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people.

“Moana is the 16-year-old daughter of the chief of Motunui,” says director Ron Clements. “She’s athletic, nimble, compassionate and incredibly smart. She has a never-say-die attitude and a profound connection to the ocean.”

“So it’s troubling to her, to say the least, that her people don’t go beyond the reef surrounding their island,” adds director John Musker. “They stay within the confines of that reef, and Moana doesn’t really understand why.”

The story is inspired in part by the oral histories of the people and cultures of Oceania. Three thousand years ago, Polynesian voyagers, the greatest navigators in the world, voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering thousands of islands. But then, according to scholars, for approximately a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why. “Navigation is suc…

“BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK” – FROM ACCLAIMED NOVEL TO THE BIG SCREEN

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Based on the acclaimed bestselling novel by Ben Fountain, TriStar Pictures presents Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, from three-time Oscar®-winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi).

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions.

In his first major motion picture, Joe Alwyn plays Billy Lynn. Also starring are Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Makenzie Leigh, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin.

“The genesis of the novel,” says novelist Ben Fountain, “ began in 2004 during a Cowboys Thanksgiving Day football game. This …

Be a Fellow 2017 (Study in Korea for Free)

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The Film Development Council of the Philippines, in cooperation with the Busan Film Commission and Busan Asian Film School, offers our budding film producers the valuable opportunity to study in a fellowship in South Korea for free and learn how to better market and promote our local cinema.

Film practitioners may be in for the chance of a lifetime in becoming a fellow of the International Film Business Academy at the Busan Asian Film School and learning about the vital business aspects of the film industry and production. The course in Producing spans a total six months from March to October of 2017, with only twenty applicants accepted into the school. The fellowship will be offered with free tuition, round-trip airfare and accommodations.

Anybody with experience in the industry can be accepted—no limits will be placed based on nationality, academic achievement, or age. Applicants must have fluency in English as the course will be conducted in the language. A rigorous screening proces…

Trinitian Film Society to hold ‘1st Ko Si 3rd’ benefit screenings on November 14

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Trinity Film Society, in partnership with Ohana Mnl, will be hosting benefit screenings of Real Florido’s acclaimed Cinemalaya drama ‘1st Ko Si 3rd’ this November 14, 2016 (Monday) at the Mandell Hall Auditorium, Trinity University of Asia.
Ticket is priced at P100 each (students and non-students/ outsiders) and all proceeds will go to Ohana Mnl’s “#LetHairGo” event, which will be used for the funding of their special photoshoot for cancer-stricken children.
Screening times as follows: 12: 00 PM, 2: 00 PM, 4: 00 PM, 6: 00 PM
For tickets, you can message Trinitian Film Society on their Facebook page (Facebook.com/TrinitianFSociety) or through mobile: 0915-402-0800.
‘1st Ko Si 3rd’ tells the story of former lovers, played by Nova Villa and Freddie Webb, who were reacquainted after being separated for decades.
Joining Villa and Webb in the cast includes Dante Rivero, Ken Chan, Coleen Perez, Lara Morena, RJ Agustin, and Ruby Ruiz.
The film won Best Actor for Rivero at the 2014 Cinemalaya …

REVIEW | Apocalypse Child (2016)

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IN THE CAREFREE, devil-may-care beaches of Baler, the main attractions are: surfing champ/instructor Ford (Sid Lucero) and his infamous sexcapades with female surfing students—and Baler’s historical past as one of the locations of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979). Ford may or may not be Coppola’s bastard child with Chona (Ana Abad Santos)—but it’s just one of the film’s many... [READ FULL REVIEW HERE]

REVIEW | Doctor Strange (2016)

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Serious and sophisticated British actors grace the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in Doctor Strange—led by Benedict Cumberbatch, flanked on either side by the otherworldly Tilda Swinton and the classy Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Never mind that the alien-like Cumberbatch is typecast as an extraordinarily intelligent and cocky loner—he is still fun to watch as Dr. Stephen Strange, a supremely egotistical...[READ FULL REVIEW].

“ROGUE ONE” CHARACTERS GET THEIR CLOSE-UP IN OWN BANNERS

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Lucasfilm has released eight character banners for its hugely anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Featured in their own solo one-sheets are leader of the rebellion Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones); Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn), Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen), K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed), Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen) and Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker).

Take a look at the posters below and watch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story when it arrives in Philippine theaters on December 15.

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Rogue One:…

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH UNLEASHES THE HERO WITHIN IN “DOCTOR STRANGE”

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British actor and Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch plays the titular character in Marvel Studios' new action-adventure “Doctor Strange.”

Dr. Stephen Strange was once a celebrated but arrogant surgeon, until a tragic accident cost him his medical skills and career. Searching for a way to restore his talents, he traveled the world until he finally encountered The Ancient One, the enigmatic teacher who offered to teach him the ways of the Mystic Arts.

Commenting on casting Cumberbatch for the role, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige says, “You need a spectacular actor. And the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch agreed to do this role and is as excited and as enthusiastic as any actor that has ever joined our universe is huge to us. He’s great. He was somebody who was a prototype for us and this character for many years as we were developing it.”

Director Scott Derrickson adds, “There’s a quality about him as an actor that just isn’t like anyone else. He has a ferocity of intelligence co…

ZOOEY DESCHANEL’S UNIQUELY COLORFUL CINDERELLA SPIN IN “TROLLS”

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Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award and Grammy Award nominee and Critics’ Choice Award winner Zooey Deschanel cemented her place as a mainstream presence with a handle for nuance when she re-introduced the classical leading lady to the modern audience with her old-fashioned charm in her starring roles in “500 Days of Summer” and “Yes Man”.

Lauded as timeless, vintage and ethereal, Deschanel stars and gives a new spin in her latest (voice )role as Bridget aka Lady Glittersparkles in DreamWorks Animation’s unique world of “Trolls” along with the talented Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Russell Brand, Gwen Stefani, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Quvenzhané Wallis and John Cleese

“Trolls” is a funny and irreverent new movie from DreamWorks Animation, which is all about happiness. Anna Kendrick stars as the voice of Poppy, the optimisti…

QCinema REVIEW | Women of the Weeping River (2016)

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QCinema 2016 Best Picture Women of the Weeping River tells a lugubrious tale of a generational clan war in Mindanao through the eyes of Satra (Laila Putli Ulao), a young widow whose husband was slain by the rival family, the Ismaels. As death continues to descend among the members of the feuding families, Satra contemplates... [READ FULL REVIEW HERE]




“LOGAN” TRAILER REVEAL"

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Following the teaser poster reveal, the trailer of Hugh Jackman’s most anticipated latest Wolverine movie entitled “Logan” has just been revealed, showing an older Logan at a time where fellow mutants no longer exist. Trailer (Phils.)  HERE

In an extremely intense and serious tone, the first frames of the trailer revealed a bruised trembling hand while Patrick Stewart’s Professor Charles Xavier and Hugh Jackman’s Logan converse - “Logan, what did you do?” asked Charles Xavier, for which Logan replied, “Charles, the world is not the same as it was.”

Further into the trailer, a young girl joins Logan and Professor Charles who is then revealed to have mutant powers like that of Logan. Soon, the three of them are on the run, with Logan and the young girl forced to fight the enemies trying to pin them down in a series of dizzying chase, brutal and heart-stopping scenes. Finally, “Logan’s” trailer ends with Hugh Jackman standing in the middle…

THE “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY” RETURN IN NEW POSTER, TRAILER

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Your favorite intergalactic misfits line up for a fresh look at Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" with the unveiling of a teaser trailer which may be viewed at HERE.

From director and screenwriter James Gunn himself: “So the first Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer will be coming in not too long, but we know how thirsty you guys are for a glimpse - so we put together this special sneak peak at #GotGVol2 for you.”

The gang's back together in a new poster as well, with Yondu and Nebula joining Quill, Gamora, and Drax, offering a tease of the mischief and mayhem our heroes have in store for us next year.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is written and directed by James Gunn. The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana as Gamora; Dave Bautista as Drax; Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket; Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot; Michael Rooker as Yondu; Karen Gillan as Nebula; and Sean Gunn as Kragl…

UPCOMING ACTOR HUNTS DOWN TOM CRUISE IN “JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK”

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Fast-rising actor Patrick Heusinger (TV's Casual, Girlfriends Guide to Divorce) stars as the fearsome villain in stars opposite Tom Cruise and Cobie Smulders in Paramount Pictures' new action-packed thriller Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

The film is based upon author Lee Child’s 18th novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series that has seen 100 million books sold worldwide. In the film, years after resigning command of an elite military police unit, the nomadic, righter-of-wrongs Reacher (Cruise) is drawn back into the life he left behind when his friend and successor, Major Susan Turner (Smulders) is framed for espionage. Reacher will stop at nothing to prove her innocence and to expose the real perpetrators behind the killings of his former soldiers.

After escaping police custody, Reacher and Turner are doggedly pursued by the mysterious and nameless heavy known only as The Hunter, played by Patrick Heusinger.

“We wanted someone as tough and scary as Reacher,” screenwriter Mar…

“E.T.'S” HENRY THOMAS, A TORMENTED PRIEST IN “OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL”

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He is best remembered for playing the role of Elliott, the young boy opposite the famous space alien in Steven Spielberg’s beloved blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. As an adult, two-time Golden Globe-nominee Henry Thomas has developed an extensive and diverse list of film and television credits throughout his career, including Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York, Lasse Hallström’s Dear John and History Channel's Sons of Liberty.

Now, Thomas stars as Father Tom in Universal Pictures' Ouija: Origin of Evil, a terrifying new tale and the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit Ouija.

In the film, a widowed mother named Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) and her two daughters Doris (Lulu Wilson) and Lina (Annalisse Basso) add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter Doris is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back…

EXPLOSIVE END LOOMS IN NEW TRAILER OF “RESIDENT EVIL: FINAL CHAPTER”

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The official second trailer of Columbia Pictures' Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – the sixth installment of the sci-fi, action horror film series – has just arrived online and may be viewed HERE..

Opening in Philippine cinemas on February 01, 2017, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” is the final installment in the astoundingly successful film franchise adaptation of Capcom’s hugely popular video game series, having grossed over $1 billion worldwide to date.

Director Paul W.S. Anderson, who wrote the screenplay, returns, along with lead star Milla Jovovich.

Picking up immediately after the events in “Resident Evil: Retribution,” Alice is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

The film also stars Ali Larter (“Resident Evil: Afterlife”)…

NEW PIRATES FILM TITLED “PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: SALAZAR'S REVENGE” IN PH

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Walt Disney Pictures has announced that the latest Pirates film starring Johnny Depp will be officially titled in the Philippines as Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge. (The film is alternatively called Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in the US.)

The fifth installment in the hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Salazar's Revenge will bow in local cinemas starting May 24, 2017.

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge is directed by Joachim Rø…

THE UPRISING INTENSIFIES IN NEW “ROGUE ONE” TRAILER

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Watch the new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in which Jyn Erso leads a group of unlikely heroes to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction.

VIEW THE TRAILER and watch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story when it arrives in Philippine theaters on December 15.

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker.

Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur a…

COBIE SMULDERS AVENGES HER ARREST IN “JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK”

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Popularly known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill in Marvel's The Avengers franchise, Cobie Smulders stars opposite Tom Cruise in Paramount Pictures' new action-packed thriller Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

The film is based upon author Lee Child’s 18th novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series that has seen 100 million books sold worldwide,

Years after resigning command of an elite military police unit, the nomadic, righter-of-wrongs Reacher is drawn back into the life he left behind when his friend and successor, Major Susan Turner (Smulders) is framed for espionage. Reacher will stop at nothing to prove her innocence and to expose the real perpetrators behind the killings of his former soldiers

The creative team had a very specific idea in mind when casting the role of Major Susan Turner. As commander of Reacher’s former division, the actress would not only need to convincingly fill Reacher’s shoes, but also hold her own on screen opposite Tom Cruise. They found that and mor…

“INFERNO” STARS IN FLORENCE FOR WORLD PREMIERE

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Tom Hanks, Ron Howard and Felicity Jones lead the cast and filmmakers of Columbia Pictures' Inferno for the world premiere and press conference in Florence, Italy.

The Hollywood A-listers participated in a press conference Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Palazzo Vecchio’s Salone dei 500, with fellow Inferno team members in attendance: actors Irrfan Khan and Omar Sy, as well as author Dan Brown.

On Friday, Oct. 7, the cast will be guests at Forte Belvedere for a special photo call together with photographers and journalists from the international press.

The big day for the world premiere is scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the avante-garde Florence Opera House (Teatro dell’Opera) with the cast and filmmakers expected to grace the red carpet.

Earlier on Wednesday night, Oct. 5, the four-day Inferno events kicked off when the film's trailer was projected onto the river in front of the Ponte Vecchio. This kind of projection has never been seen before in Italy: a massive jet of water used as …

“OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL” TELLS NEW, TERRIFYING HORROR STORY

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It was never just a game.

Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, this Halloween, Universal Pictures’ Ouija: Origin of Evil—from Platinum Dunes and Blumhouse—tells a terrifying new tale as the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit that opened at No. 1.

In 1967 Los Angeles, widowed mother Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser of the Twilight franchise) adds a new stunt to bolster her séance scam business and unwittingly invites authentic evil into her home. When the merciless spirit overtakes youngest daughter Doris (Lulu Wilson of Deliver Us from Evil), this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

A year and a half after her husband was killed, financially strapped Alice finds herself raising 15-year-old Paulina (“Lina”) (Annalise Basso of Oculus) and 9-year-old Doris alone.

Fortunately for her struggling business, the occult runs in Alice’s blood. Her mother was a fortuneteller and passed down the tricks of the trade, all…

FIRST TRAILER ARRIVES FOR “PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES”

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Walt Disney Pictures has released the first trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment in the hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Watch the film when it opens in the Philippines in May 2017 and check out the first trailer.

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Oscar Best Foreign Language Film nominee Kon-Tiki).

The cast also includes Orlando Bloom, Kaya Scodelario, David Wenham, Ge…

“INFERNO” MARKS ROBERT LANGDON TRILOGY FOR RON HOWARD

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Ron Howard has been the keeper of the cinematic legacy of Dan Brown’s best selling books for many years now – he made the hugely successful The Da Vinci Code back in 2006 followed, three years later, by Angels & Demons.

Each one, says Howard, has presented its own unique opportunities and the latest in the franchise – Columbia Pictures' Inferno was, at least in that regard, exactly the same as its illustrious predecessors.

“These films are hard work,” he says. “And you feel a lot of responsibility because they’re books that people love. But you know, they really are thrilling life experiences.”

Inferno finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that wo…

EMILY BLUNT HAS DEPRESSION, DELUSIONS IN “THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN”

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Once it was announced that DreamWorks Pictures was casting The Girl on the Train, the film adaptation of the Paula Hawkins' runaway best-selling novel, the role of Rachel Watson became a much-sought-after part. As there are not scores of enviable female-leading roles in Hollywood that represent fully developed and complex characters like Rachel, the calls for consideration were coming in all over. When the dust settled, only one name rose to the top: Emily Blunt.

The Golden Globe Award-winning actress’ versatility has shone in a wide range of roles in such films as the comedy The Devil Wears Prada and the drama The Young Victoria to actioners including Edge of Tomorrow and Sicario. “Emily has tremendous skill as an actor, and she was our first choice,” lauds producer Marc Platt, who had previously worked with Blunt on the adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods. “We felt that she not only had the skill required, but in all of her characters, there’s something innate…

“JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK” TO PUNCH HARD IN IMAX PH CINEMAS OCT 19

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Paramount Pictures and IMAX Corporation has announced that “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” the latest film in the Jack Reacher franchise starring Tom Cruise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and will be released into IMAX® theatres in the Philippines on October 19th.

(Watch the IMAX trailer of “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”)

The IMAX presentation of “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” is part of Paramount Pictures and IMAX Corporation's multi-picture agreement that consists of future tentpoles from the Paramount Pictures slate, including the fifth film in the global blockbuster franchise—“Transformers: The Last Knight” and “Ghost in the Shell.”

"IMAX and Paramount Pictures, along with such esteemed filmmakers as Michael Bay, Tom Cruise and the Bad Robot team, together have achieved incredible global box office success over the years," said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment, in a previous statement. &q…